FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4th, 2021
Tigard, Oregon – In March, the Federal Government passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). One of the key provisions was direct payments to be made to individuals, which is subject to phase-out for high-income taxpayers. After months of waiting, front-line workers with UFCW and around the state still see no signs of movement on this from Oregon’s Democratic leadership in Salem.
“It’s truly depressing that with a supermajority in both the Oregon House and Oregon Senate, Kate Brown cannot seem to get anything done to actually help working people. While talks were in place to get retail workers in UFCW, as well as front line workers all over Oregon, the much-needed essential worker payments, the Democrats of this state chose to play political games rather than actually help people. Oregon needs real leaders, we don’t have them now.” Miles Eshaia – Communications Director, UFCW Local 555
“While the Democrats rightly celebrated their efforts to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday, they have ignored the thousands of workers of color in our industry who will be working through that holiday without adequate occupational health protections, and now without access to the federal stimulus that many need to stay afloat. Governor Brown and the Oregon Legislature are like lifeguards standing on the beach watching a swimmer drown. They are not doing their job, and it’s clear that we don’t have leaders that we need.”
Dan Clay – President, UFCW Local 555
About Local 555: United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555 represents over 28,000 workers in Oregon and Southwestern Washington. Our membership consists of workers in retail, manufacturing, health care and many other industries. We are a diverse group of workers that have grown into being the largest private sector labor union in Oregon. Local 555 has a rich history dating back to 1936. Our local is chartered by the UFCW International Union, joining us with over 1.3 million workers across the United States and the World.